UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (November 14, 2011)
Release: Wednesday 11/13/2011 
by UCSD
Coach Ricci Luyties and the Women's Volleyball team open NCAA play Thursday.
Coach Ricci Luyties and the Women's Volleyball...
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Thu., Nov. 17---MWater Polo---UCSD hosts WWPA Championships---All Day
Thu., Nov. 17---Swimming---UCSD hosts Arena Invitational---9:00 AM  
Thu., Nov. 17---WVolleyball ---UCSD at NCAA Regionals---2:30 PM 

Fri., Nov. 18---MWater Polo---UCSD hosts WWPA Championships---All Day
Fri., Nov. 18---Swimming---UCSD hosts Arena Invitational---9:00 AM  

Fri., Nov. 18---WBasketball---UCSD at Vulcan Classic---2:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 18---WVolleyball---UCSD at NCAA Regionals---TBA

Sat., Nov. 19---MWater Polo---UCSD hosts WWPA Championships---All Day
Sat., Nov. 19---Diving---UCSD at Wildcat Diving Invitational---TBA  
Sat., Nov. 19---Swimming---UCSD hosts Arena Invitational---9:00 AM  
Sat., Nov. 19---Fencing---UCSD at Santa Barbara Mega Meet---10:00 AM  

Sat., Nov. 19---MBasketball---UCSD at Academy of Art---2:00 PM  
Sat., Nov. 19---WBasketball ---UCSD at Vulcan Classic---2:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 19---WVolleyball---UCSD at NCAA Regionals---TBA

Sun., Nov. 20---MWater Polo---UCSD hosts WWPA Championships---All Day
Sun., Nov. 20---Diving---UCSD at Wildcat Diving Invitational---TBA


WWPA CHAMPIONSHIPS START THURSDAY AT UCSD
Looking for its first conference crown since 2006, the 11th-ranked Men's Water Polo team hosts the 12-team Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships, Thursday through Sunday at Canyonview Pool...Coach Denny Harper's club, 14-9 in the regular season, will be the No. 2 seed and plays its opening game Friday at 4:30 PM against the winner of the first round game between Claremont and Whittier...The team emerging from that one advances to Saturday's semi-finals at 3:00 PM and the championship is set for 2:00 PM Sunday...The WWPA title winner advances to the NCAA Championships, Dec. 3-4, in Berkeley.

The Tritons finished the regular season on the road with a 15-11 loss to No. 5 UC Irvine of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation...UCSD went toe-to-toe with the Anteaters for three periods and headed into the fourth trailing by a single goal, 9-8...Irvine reeled off four consecutive goals to start the final period, however, icing the outcome...Junior John Butler tallied three times for the Tritons while senior Graham Saber, junior Brian Donohoe, sophomore Luke Syka and freshman Matt Michalko all accounted for two goals...Senior David  Morton accumulated 10 saves in the cage.

Head Coach Denny Harper talks about upcoming WWPA Championships.

W-VOLLEYBALL SEEDED SECOND FOR NCAA REGIONALS
Boasting 11 wins in its final 12 regular season matches, Coach Ricci Luyties Women's Volleyball team now heads to the post-season, traveling to nearby San Bernardino for the eight-team, three-day NCAA Regionals, which start Thursday...The victor in the single elimination tournament moves on to the NCAA Championships, Dec. 1-3...The Tritons, now 21-5, third in the CCAA regular season standings and seeded No. 2, open Regional play against  seventh seed Grand Canyon (22-6) Thursday at 2:30 PM...The winner faces either Sonoma State (#3) or Hawaii-Hilo (#6) at 5:00 PM Friday and the championship tilt is slated for Saturday at 7:00 PM at undefeated, No. 1 seed Cal State San Bernardino's Coussoulis Arena.

San Bernardino was also the site where UCSD saw its nine-match winning streak snapped last Wednesday, as the top-ranked host Coyotes rolled to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-21) triumph...Roxanne Brunsting chalked up eight kills and 14 digs for the Tritons but this was a night controlled by San Bernardino, which held UCSD to a season low .043 hitting percentage.

After losing the first set, the Tritons bounced back with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-16) romp over visiting Cal State East Bay Saturday night at RIMAC Arena...The senior trio of Hillary Williamson (16 kills), Brunsting (13) and Katie Condon (11) led the offensive assault and the Tritons racked up 13 blocks with Brunsting getting a solo and five assists and another senior, Julia Freidenberg chipping in with two solos and three assists...Brunsting and Williamson each had 18 digs...The turning point in this one came after the Pioneers raced out to a 4-0 second set lead...UCSD responded with six straight points of its own, went on to even the match up at 1-1 and had its way from there.

Twenty-four hours later, the Tritons survived a first set dogfight in subduing Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-16)...Nearly half of the hour and 37 minute affair was consumed by game one in which UCSD led early, trailed, 17-13, and then stormed back, taking four of the final five points to secure the win...The Otters seemingly "punched themselves out" with the first set effort and went down tamely in the next two...Condon and fellow senior Natasha Wilroy pounded 13 and 11 kills respectively as the Tritons more than doubled Monterey Bay in the hitting percentage department (.231-.102)...On Senior Night, four of the six Triton seniors--Condon (17), Williamson (16), Brunsting (15) and Werhane (13)--reached double figures in the dig column and Williamson finished the regular season with 998 career kills, eighth on the UCSD career list...She passed the 1,000 dig mark in the San Bernardino match.

Hear Saturday's post-match comments from Head Coach Ricci Luyties.
Hear Saturday's post-match comments from senior Hillary Williamson.

                     

WOMEN'S SOCCER UPSET IN NCAA REGIONAL
A superb season ended early for the Women's Soccer team in Sunday's second round of the NCAA West Regionals...On their home field, the 12th-ranked and top-seeded Tritons out-shot fifth seed Chico State, 14-4, and earned 10 corners while giving up three but came up short in the only category that counted, falling, 1-0...The Wildcats got the game's lone goal in the 24th minute when Lisa Webster one-timed a through ball past oncoming UCSD keeper Kristin Armstrong...The loss left UCSD 13-3-4 on the year.

Hear post-game comments from Head Coach Brian McManus.

SWIMMERS BATTLE D-I POWERS IN ARENA INVITATIONAL
The Swimming teams travel to Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach for their biggest competition of the fall, hosting the 28-team Arena Invitational, which runs Thursday through Saturday...The goal for Coach Matt Macedo and Corrie Falcon's charges is to qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships which will be held next March in Mansfield, TX...UCSD will be the lone Division II outfit in the field which includes such D-I luminaries as Stanford, Cal, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU and Hawaii...While the swimmers host the Arena event, the diving teams will trek to Tucson, AZ for the Wildcat Diving Invitational...Diving Coach Michelle Casillas already has a pair of NCAA qualifiers in Tyler Runsten and Patrick Cohen.

In a rainstorm Saturday, the Triton women came away with a 149-all tie on the road against Division I crosstown rival USD...Senior Alex Henley and junior Emily Adamczyk captured two events apiece and all-in-all, UCSD accrued seven victories on the day...Henley touched first in both the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley while Adamczyk was the winner in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke...Sophomores Sandy Hon (100) and Anji Shakya (200) were first home in the two backstroke races and freshman Jaclyn Amog took top honors in the 100 butterfly...The last race of the day was the closest as the Toreros nipped the Tritons by .01 in the 400 freestyle relay to earn the tie.

MEN'S BASKETBALL ON ROAD SATURDAY
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (2-1) swings back into action Saturday, facing Academy of Art in San Francisco in its final outing before opening CCAA action at home, three days later vs. Cal State San Bernardino...The Tritons opened the season by winning the Disney West Coast Classic in Anaheim...UCSD scrimmaged Sunday against D-III Cal Tech at RIMAC Arena.

HAWAIIAN TOURNEY NEXT FOR UNDEFEATED W-BASKETBALL
After claiming impressive wins in its first two tests of 2011-12, Coach Charity Elliott's 13th-ranked Women's Basketball team flies to Hawaii this week to compete in the Vulcan Classic, launching play Friday in Hilo against Hawaii Pacific...The next day the Tritons hook up with Hawaii-Hilo.

UCSD opened its campaign last weekend at the GNAC/CCAA Shootout in the Bay Area...Friday, the Tritons tipped off with a convincing, 68-47, victory over perennially tough Seattle Pacific, only their second win in 11 tries against the Falcons...UCSD turned in a well-balanced effort, out-shooting (.439-.413) and out-rebounding (43-27) SPU while forcing 26 turnovers and committing just 13...Seniors Lauren Freidenberg (19 pts.) and Chelsea Carlisle (17) were standouts for Elliott's unit...The lefty Freidenberg canned 9-of-14 shots and pulled down a game high nine boards...Carlisle was 8-for-13 and added eight rebounds and three assists.

Using a 22-9 run to close the first half with a 40-29 edge, the Tritons went on to top Western Washington, 79-60, Saturday afternoon...UCSD shot 50.8% as a team, thanks largely to the marksmanship of Carlisle (11-for-18) and junior guard Emily Osga (9-for-12) who accounted for 62% of the Triton points with 27 and 22 respectively...Osga also collected eight rebounds, a total matched by soph Erin Dautremont, and snatched four steals (Carlisle had five) as UCSD harassed the Vikings into 23 turnovers.

GOLFERS FOURTH AT SONOMA STATE INVITATIONAL
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team concluded its fall tournament schedule with a fourth place finish at last week's Sonoma State Invitational at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club...The Tritons wound up with a 51-over par 903 (298-305-300), 12 strokes behind third place Notre Dame de Namur...Chico State won the team title...Freshman Jay Lim was UCSD's top individual finisher, carding a 224 over the par-71, 6,686-yd. course, good for 17th place (tie)...Three strokes back was sophomore Jacob Wiliams (T23) with another soph, Lewis Simon, next in 26th place (229)...David Smith and Frederik Palmer-Picard rounded things out at 230, tying for 27th.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to include interviews with basketball coaches Chris Carlson, Women's Volleyball Coach Ricci Luyties and junior John Butler from the Men's Water Polo team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

The UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.

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